Just about every personal finance guru has an opinion on how much you should contribute to retirement. Their suggestions usually fall between 10% and 20% of your gross income. For as long as I’ve been at this personal finance thing (since 2007), I’ve decided to contribute no less than 15%.

Here’s what my retirement contributions have looked like so far for 2014…

401K: 10% of gross income

Roth IRA: $5,500 (which is 6.7% of gross income).

As our income has increased, we’ve been able to send more discretionary income to retirement, (I started with 5% contributions in 2007).

There’s something missing though, I also get a full 5% match from my employer for my 401k contributions. So, although I am personally only sacrificing 17% of my pay for retirement, I’m really getting 22% socked away for future me.

So my question is simple:

When the talking heads state one should be saving 15% towards retirement, are they factoring in the company match? Or another way to think about it, would you say I am investing 17% towards retirement, or 22%? 

It’s an interesting question, one that could literally mean a difference of $1,000,000+ come retirement depending on how one decides to proceed.

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